Interview with Jimmy Russell, Bill Samuels, Jr., Chris Morris, Craig Beam, Jim Rutledge, Mark Coffman, December 5, 2013

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Five master distillers and one distillery's Chairman Emeritus discuss the business of bourbon. They talk about how they each got started in the industry and their personal mentors. They talk about the growth of the bourbon industry and the importance of bourbon tourism for Kentucky. They talk about how distilling and the bourbon industry as a whole have changed over the years and talk about the future of the bourbon industry. They talk about drinking bourbon and their own favorite products. They tell stories about friendship and camaraderie in the bourbon industry and talk about helping each other during hard times, like when a fire occurred at Heaven Hill.

Interview Accession

2014oh031_bik041

Interviewee Name

Jimmy Russell

Bill Samuels, Jr.

Chris Morris

Craig Beam

Jim Rutledge

Mark Coffman

Interviewer Name

Katherine Tandy Brown

Interview Date

2013-12-05

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Russell, Jimmy Interview by Katherine Tandy Brown. 05 Dec. 2013. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Russell, J. (2013, December 05). Interview by K. T. Brown. Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Russell, Jimmy, interview by Katherine Tandy Brown. December 05, 2013, Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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